Rick Perry is one of the stupidest people in Trump's administration and Trump's administration is full of some of the stupidest people in America. Rick Perry recently talked about an attack on our energy grid and it was very unnverving to hear someone so uninformed speak on such a serious issue.

There's perhaps no more serious threat to the United States than a crippling cyberattack on the country's power grid which even Secretary of Energy Rick Perry admitted to CNN - telling CNN it's of "great concern." A cyberattack on the United States power grid could shut off power to millions of Americans and leave the government scrambling.

"We're not where we were 10 years ago," Perry continues to tell CBN's Jenna Browder. "This is a completely different world we live in from the standpoint of how it's inner-connected."

Thank you RICK PERRY for stating the OBVIOUS!!!! You mean like there was this thing called the internet about 25 years ago that completely changed the world and made everyone interconnected? Thanks RICK for trying, but I think most of the world already realizes that the world is more connected than it was 20 years ago. The question is WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?

Well since Russia is one of the places that can attack our grid, Rick won't do anything. He doesn't want to interfere with Putin's ability to take out our electrical grid and stuff. Donald wouldn't want him to get in Vlad's way.

In July 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a report detailing the extent that Russian hackers had obtained access to hundreds of control rooms across the United States. Jonathan Home, chief of industrial-control-system analysis for DHS, said the hackers “got to the point where they could have thrown switches” and upset power flows, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The costs of an attack on the grid could be catastrophic according to a report in 2015 by Lloyd’s and the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Risk Studies. A major attack on the U.S. electric grid – the study contemplated blackouts in 15 states and Washington, D.C. - could quickly cost the economy between $243 billion and $1 trillion dollars. In comparison, Hurricane Katrina cost $161 billion: add hurricanes Harvey, Maria, Sandy and Irma, and you still only get to $497 billion – about half the maximum cost of the attack on the grid projected in the study.

The costs would cascade across all sectors of the economy: the experts predict “a rise in mortality rates as health and safety systems fail; a decline in trade as ports shut down; disruption to water supplies as electric pumps fail; and chaos to transport networks as infrastructure collapses.”

This is not a theoretical threat, Putin already attacked Ukraine's power grid in 2016 when annexing the eastern part of the Ukraine. The control systems in Ukraine were surprisingly more secure than some in the US, since they were well-segmented from the control center business networks with robust firewalls.

More than two months after the attack, the control centers were still not fully operational, according to a recent US report. Ukrainian and US computer security experts involved in the investigation say the attackers overwrote firmware on critical devices at 16 of the substations, leaving them unresponsive to any remote commands from operators. The power is on, but workers still have to control the breakers manually.

That's actually a better outcome than what might occur in the US, experts say, since many power grid control systems here don't have manual backup functionality, which means that if attackers were to sabotage automated systems here, it could be much harder for workers to restore power.